Steering Rural Families
Human Dev Index:#66 (Aus #5)
The project is located in the far north of Thailand in rural villages and towns near Chiang Rai, close to the Laos border. The project will provide HIV/AIDS and drug awareness education programs in a Thai rural school together with simple income generating projects to support families from the school afflicted by the disease and other poor families. By educating and supporting affected families with health education and simple income generating projects, it allows children to be kept in school, in a family and in a community.
Why support this
Our partners have worked in this area for over 20 years and have a proven track record in the community. Relationships have been built and consolidated over a long time. Our partners are well networked with local Thai government departments and other NGOs (non-government organisations) in the area. Memorandums of Understanding are in place with local detention and rehabilitation centres, schools and other community groups.
$14,400 for a one-year project. The budget will provide 10 health education programs in a local school and six programs in each of two prisons/detention centres and enable small income generating projects for 15 vulnerable families, a camp and promotion of World AIDS Day across a range of venues.
- Northern Thailand is poor and is challenged by HIV/AIDS, family break-down through drugs and alcohol and poverty – all of which creates orphaned and disadvantaged children living in the local communities.
- This breaks down the fabric of a society.
- There is a big need to build up families and keep them together to create strong communities.
Expected Life Change
- Economic empowerment of the family in a community setting allows children to grow up in a more stable environment
- Simple income-generating projects encourage families to become productive members of their own community
- Education on HIV/AIDS/drug awareness empowers children to protect themselves from predatory harm and behaviours